The Year of the Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years.
The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to late February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February of the above years, you might be a Rat or a Pig. You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.
Rats are quick-witted, resourceful and versatile.
With strong intuition and quick response, they always easily adapt themselves to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, Rats can take advantage of various opportunities well. Rats have strong curiosity, so they tend to try their hands at anything, and they can deal with it skillfully.
Ladies belonging to the Rat zodiac sign are pretty, smart, and lovely. They have quick minds and dexterous hands, and are able to learn anything.
A lack of courage, as well as good command skills, Rats are not capable as leaders. Opportunistic and picky as Rats are, they do not have broad minds, but a narrow view.
Rats are kind, but sometimes impolite to others. People of the Rat zodiac sign usually sleep late, for mice are nocturnal animals.
General speaking, Rats are healthy. They are full of energy and active, which helps them keep fit and avoid illness.
A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit Rats. With enough rest Rats can keep high spirits at work, which can improve work efficiency. When in stressful and tense conditions, Rats are suggested to take a tour to free stress and tension.
In dry seasons, Rats should pay attention to prevention of respiratory and skin problems.
With good insight and sharp perspective, Rats have good judgment in what they do, which enables them to prevent unnecessary troubles. Rats are cautious and meticulous, so they tend to show a serious attitude toward their work.
The best careers for Rats are: administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver.
With an active nature, Rats enjoy a flexible social circle. They are interested in attending different kinds of social occasions. They like to make new friends, but they seldom further their relationships with others. Rats have a charming appearance, which can attract more friends.
In love relationships, Rats find it easy to start a new relationship with someone, but they also break off relationships easily, which results in trouble with infidelity.
Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the unique characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can have good compatibility.
However, those who don’t match need to put more effort into their relationships.
See below the compatibility of the Rat with other animals, and find out if the Rat is compatible with your sign or not.
In 2015, the overall fortune in all aspects for people born in a year of the Rat is not very good. Good fortune in money and career will be limited. They will have chances to get promotions, but need to work hard for them. Their physical condition is predicted not to be very good. They should pay more attention to their health.
Rats will have better love relationships in 2015 than in 2014, but still not particularly good.
Single Rats will have chances to meet several partners, but it will be hard to meet the right one.
Both married couples and people in love are likely to have quarrels with each other, but fortunately their relationships won't be hurt. Lovers and couples should spend more time to communicate with each other, and show more care and tolerance for their partners.
The monetary fortune for people born in a year of the Rat is fickle in 2015.
People who were born in a year of the Rat should be very cautious when investing venture capital. The greater the chance to make money, the calmer they should stay. They should only make a move after investigating thoroughly to avoid suffering unexpected financial losses, and, therefore, should never act without thought.
However, fortune for Rats is good enough in the 2nd, 5th, and 9th Chinese lunar months for Rats to make money. People who operate businesses can plan some important business and investments in these months.
In addition, Rats should watch out for thieves and take care of their valuable possessions.
As for career, even though luck for Rats will be limited, they will have more opportunities than ever. Rats will have excellent performance at work, which will make their leaders and bosses attach importance to them. Promotions are expected for them.
However, their jobs may bring them pressure. So Rats should relax themselves properly and avoid overwork to keep fit.
In daily work, Rats should keep good relationships with their colleagues and bosses. They should pay attention to their words and actions to avoid unnecessary arguments.
Rats' health will tend to be easily harmed, so Rats should pay attention to their physical condition in 2015. They should be careful in work, or they will easily get hurt.
Due to lots of pressures in work, Rats should have enough rest and relax after work. They are also suggested to do more exercise in order to prevent diseases resulting of the urinary system and feet, and keep a healthy diet.
The fortune trend for Tigers is rather gloomy in 2016, and the odds will be against them rather than in their favor if they are not resolved successfully.
Not only do many difficulties lie ahead of them, but they will also be hampered by underhand people. Just as each coin has two sides, Tigers will still have opportunities to move forward and even win in a flexible way if they pursue their advantages and avoid their disadvantages.
Tigers should deal with difficulties and conflicts in their career calmly and struggle for their survival flexibly and diligently, or they will have an overwhelming defeat. One point that they should pay special attention to is that they must be flexible enough to adjust their strategies to the changing environment when encountering issues that do not run smoothly.
Four months must be made full use of if they want to reach a breakthrough in their career, namely the second, fifth, sixth, and tenth Chinese lunar months, when few difficulties will occur in their career.
Tigers will not be blessed due to their poor fortune trend in 2016. They should avoid any high-risk investments in the first, fourth, seventh, and twelfth Chinese lunar months even though others may make a profit due to good market prospects.
Not only will they not have any benefits in the other months (in addition to the months above), but accidents may also happen to them. Instead of being careless and inadvertent, they must carefully manage their finances and save money in case of an emergency.
Tigers will be very vulnerable to illnesses due to poor health; therefore, they should look after themselves well to avoid catching acute infectious diseases, especially in the fourth, seventh, and tenth Chinese lunar months.
In addition, they should stop bad habits like smoking and drinking, and be wary of drugs. Great attention should be paid to their dental health as it will be easy for them to become ill via oral infections. Instead of concealing an illness and avoiding treatment, they should go to see a doctor immediately.
It will be hard for Tigers to fall in love due to their dramatically unstable emotions in 2016; therefore, they will not experience any love.
As far as their romantic relationships are concerned, the worst times for them will be in the first, second, and tenth Chinese lunar months. However, it will totally depend on them to make any developments in the relationships.
They should deal with their relationships naturally instead of rashly and forcefully, or they will be cheated both emotionally and financially.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. For example, a Wood Rat comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Rat, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Rat||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Rat||1924, 1984||Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork|
|Fire Rat||1936, 1996||Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves|
|Earth Rat||1948, 2008||Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem|
|Gold Rat||1960, 2020||Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness|
|Water Rat||1912, 1972||Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise|
According to Chinese astrology, the year of their birth sign (本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’) will bring people nothing but bad luck. It is believed that people will offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, in their benmingnian.
Therefore, Rats should pay special attention to avoid misfortune in their lives in the year of their birth sign. The next Rat year is 2020. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 25). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.